As the Texas State Travel Guide Web site says, Texas is “like a whole other country.”
I got here as fast as I could in 1984, so I’m not quite a native, but I still feel qualified to offer this guide to those of you newcomers visiting or living in the Great State of Texas.
- Start with the Texas Travel Guide and Texas Official Travel Map. Use their form to register so that you can continue to receive information. You might also want to sign up for their newsletter. The State of Texas recently elected a new Governor, Greg Abbott. Because each Texas Governor gets to put his personal mark on all things Texas, the Texas State Travel Guide site is being updated. In the meantime, check out their photo gallery.
- While you browse this page, you might want to listen to some Texas-born music. The only problem is, there is no one kind of Texas music. Like Houston, our music is diverse. So, to get in a Texas state of mind, you can choose from George Strait, Beyonce, ZZ Top, the Houston Symphony, Arnett Cobb, Lola Mendoza, or Houston’s Latin rappers. There’ll be a page about Houston music later on.
- The State of Texas site is the place to go to learn how to live in Texas. As the home page says, you’ll be “at the right place to take care of government transactions, find information about our great state, engage with your government, or just get pointed in the right direction.” You may notice that the site says that the most popular services involve cars, guns, prisons, birth, death, marriage, and divorce, in that order. Hey, what else is more important to a cowboy or cowgirl?
- After that, there’s information for veterans, more information for drivers, information about working and setting up business in Texas, and lots more.
- If you don’t own a car, don’t feel left out after reading about all this driving stuff. I haven’t owned a car in 10 years and I get around just fine. More about that in a later post.
- If you like my Texas art above, click HERE and create some more yourself, then post it on DHT’s Welcome to Texas Pinterest site.
- For more helpful hints about living in Houston, Texas, go to Things to Do in Houston.